Egypt Independent

Egypt confirms 358 new coronavirus cases, total now 115,541



Egypt’s Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 358 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number up to 115,541, Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced.

The ministry announced 15 deaths on Monday, bringing the country’s total COVID-19-related deaths to 6,636 nationwide.

And 106 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s fully-recovered cases up to 102,596.

Egypt’s government imposed in March strict precautionary measures to limit the outbreak of coronavirus, which included setting curfews, banning large gatherings, and closing restaurants, theaters, and cinemas.

The measures also include a mask mandate that applies to mass transportation and any public indoor space.

Government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus, and Prime Minister Madboudly has called on authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

The Cairo Metro company responded to Madbouly’s request and announced that starting November 21, transit police would begin monitoring metro stations and cars to ensure masks are being worn.

Those who fail to wear a mask in the designated areas could face a fine of up to LE4,000.

Additionally, new curfew hours for retail shops, restaurants, and cafes will go into effect December 1 in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.

In response to public worry about the the country’s supply of medicine and medical equipment, the Cabinet has announced that hospitals are in fact ready to tackle a second wave of the virus.

Egypt has yet to report Europe or US-like figures.

A number of countries that have witnessed an aggressive second wave are currently employing severe lockdown measures